Gul Makai, a film based on the life of education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, will finally hit theatres on January 31, 2020.
Television actor Reem Shaikh will be seen as Malala, alongside Divya Dutta, Atul Kulkarni, Mukesh Rishi, and Pankaj Tripathi in pivotal roles. Directed by Amjad Khan, the biopic has been majorly shot in India-administered Kashmir and traces the socio-political atmosphere of Pakistan.
The film recounts the journey of the Yousafzai family when the Swat Valley was seized by Taliban militants in 2009. Malala spoke out against the terror organisation through her blogs under the pseudonym Gul Makai. She fought for the education of girls and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
“This is about those times when the Taliban was destroying Pakistan and Afghanistan in the name of Jihad and religion. When from a very small village in Pakistan, a voice arose.”
Malala has been declared by the United Nations as the most famous teenager in the world. “From a young age, Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai was known for speaking out in favour of the educating girls and highlighting the atrocities of the Taliban,” a United Nations report said.